After five years of planning and months of construction, the Northern University Student Centre at UNBC officially opened on Monday.
The student centre is located in the former location of the campus fitness centre, which relocated to the Northern Sport Centre. The centre includes a pub (The Thirsty Moose), coffee shop, sandwich bar, administration offices, study lounges and event room.
All the services provided in the centre are managed by the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS), society president Cameron Ehl said.
“I definitely know that a lot of students complained about not having a campus pub,” Ehl said. “It’s been a long haul by UNBC, we’ve done it. This is a momentous occasion for all of us.”
The full-service pub and adjoining event space can seat a total of 285 people. The student society has hired a manager and staff to run the services.
The final cost of the centre is set at $3.3 million. The student society raised $1 million of that amount and the provincial government contributed $200,000 through the Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites Grant.
The remaining $2.1 million will be paid off through student fees.
NUGSS has a 99-year lease agreement with UNBC for the rental of the space.
Large windows and comfy, leather furniture dominate the sleek, post-modernist design of the centre.
“I want to thank the Northern Undergraduate Student Society for not only realizing a dream that goes back to 1994, but also doing so in very spectacular fashion,” UNBC interim president Charles Jago said.
Minister of Education Shirley Bond congratulated the student society for completing the facility.
“Just think about all the great things that will happen in this building for decades to come,” Bond said. “I am confident that with a facility like this it will help attract even more students to UNBC.”
Mayor Colin Kinsley said that the city is proud of, “the little university that could.”
“What a proud day for this university. Finally the students have their space.”